Disaster recovery has never been a more vital part of a business’s IT strategy. With enterprises losing an average of $300,000 per hour of downtime (per a recent Gartner survey), ensuring that your organization can survive even the most severe accidents, malicious attacks or natural disasters is vitally important. Increasingly, organizations are opting for a draaS solution to protect their critical services and applications.

DRaaS stands for Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service, and it is becoming a common way to provide failover capability in the event of an emergency or a disruption to your primary data center infrastructure. It’s a cloud-based service offered by third-party vendors that can manage your failover to a remote environment on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is a popular alternative to traditional onsite disaster recovery solutions and offers a range of benefits including cost savings, simplified operations and more.

The core of a DRaaS solution is that it replicates your primary data and servers off site to a data center owned by the vendor. Depending on the solution, it may include both virtual and physical servers. The DRaaS provider is responsible for managing the remote environment during a disaster event, and your organization will typically have a contract or service-level agreement with them to ensure that you can meet your RTOs and RPOs.

A DRaaS solution provides the ability to fail over into the cloud, lowering costs significantly and democratizing the technology by making it accessible to more teams. It works by leveraging the infrastructures of public cloud providers and takes advantage of a cloud-based DR orchestration engine found in modern data management platforms or, in some cases, a stand-alone DR solution. The DRaaS engine can then utilize snapshot-based backup and replication capabilities to move your data offsite to the cloud.

Once the data has been replicated to the DRaaS environment, it is ready for failover in the event of a disaster or a loss of your primary data center. You can then restore the data back to your primary environment and resume normal business operations.

DRaaS also makes the process of testing and monitoring your DR environment much easier. By having a secondary environment hosted by a trusted third-party, it can be easily tested without interrupting your daily operations and allows you to test failovers and failbacks with a few clicks. Moreover, because it is located offsite, your primary data won’t be affected by anything going on at the vendor’s site.

The final benefit of a DRaaS solution to consider is how it can help you reduce your TCO. There are several factors that drive up the costs of managing your own DR site including infrastructure, staffing, and management. Using a DRaaS solution can dramatically lower your total cost of ownership and allow you to focus on other projects that need attention.

Cohesity DRaaS (Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service) is an all-in-one solution that combines storage, backup, archiving and recovery in a single platform. It includes a highly scalable architecture, providing the ability to protect all of your workloads with a single, easy-to-manage technology. It also minimizes downtime and data loss with snapshot-based backup, near-sync replication and seamless failover to the cloud.

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